May 2018

All articles posted in May 2018.

My Hero Academia creator to make North America appearance at Comic-Con

Kohei Horikoshi the artist behind the popular series My Hero Academia was announced as a guest for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (popularly known as SDCC).

Viz Media, which holds the North American license to the My Hero Academia manga also included a video from Horikoshi on their web site, in which he’s shown drawing Izuku “Deku” Midoriya with a greeting: Hello San Diego See you in July!

Comic-Con International: San Diego takes place July 19th thru 22nd, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

Source: Viz Media

Hylian Shield Nintendo 2DS XL coming to GameStop/EB Games this July

New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition

Box art for the New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition.

The Hylian Shield is a legendary design, spanning everything from actual replica shields, backpacks, to t-shirts and now the New Nintendo 2DS XL. As an added bonus, a pre-loaded copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is included. On July 2nd, 2018, this Hylian Shield-inspired portable console goes on sale only at GameStop in the US and EB Games in Canada.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL lacks the 3D capability of the Nintendo 3DS line, but can play all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D. The screens are larger, with a C-stick for additional control and improved processor for performance.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds takes place after the events of the SNES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and utilizes Link’s ability to travel between worlds as a painting after his fateful encounter with the sorcerer Yuga. The destiny of two worlds hangs in the balance with Link moving through the void to save both lands.

The Hylian Shield edition New Nintendo 2DS XL has a suggested retail price of $159.99 USD or $209.99 CAD.

New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition   New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition

Source: Nintendo

Titanic exhibit to make stop in Richmond for 2018

The legendary liner RMS Titanic sails into Richmond’s Lipont Place this summer, through an exhibit showcasing artifacts of the ship’s ill-fated voyage.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit brings objects salvaged from the ocean floor, including china and pieces of the ship itself. There are also recreations of on board staterooms and berths, and an iceberg where touching is encouraged.

On April 10th, 1912, the RMS Titanic set off on her maiden voyage, departing Southampton, England for New York by way of Cherbourg, France and Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland. Shortly before midnight, the vessel had her fatal encounter with an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. Some two and half hours later, approximately 1,500 people would perish as the ship slipped under the frigid waters in the early hours of April 15th, 1912.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit opens on June 23rd, 2018 and runs thru January 11th, 2019. Tickets for this event are available for purchase online. Lipont Place is located at 4211 No. 3 Road in Richmond.

Downtown Vancouver’s Canada Day Parade cancelled for 2018

The Parade in 2017 for the Canada 150 celebrations.

This July 1st, the streets of downtown Vancouver won’t be filled with floats or lined with crowds waving miniature red and white maple leaf flags as the Canada Day parade is cancelled going forward.

Citing rising costs, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which hosts the parade, made the decision to cancel the procession instead choosing to focus on the events at Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has run the parade since its start in 2009.

Source: Canada Place

Granville Station elevator repairs takes part of station out of service for 2 years

Starting today, and for the next two years, the three long escalators at Granville Station are no longer in service as TransLink works to replace them. These escalators are almost 30 years old, installed when the Expo Line began operation in 1986.

During this work, only the Dunsmuir Street entrance/exit will allow access to the train platforms. The Seymour Street entrance will remain closed until completion in 2020. Passengers looking to access SkyTrain through Pacific Centre will need to detour through the Bay and Vancouver Centre Mall.

TransLink recommends taking extra time if using Granville Station, or consider Burrard, Waterfront or Stadium-Chinatown Stations instead.

Source: TransLink

Square Enix lets fans play demo of Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix hosted a Kingdom Hearts III premiere in Santa Monica, California giving fans and the media a chance to try out the upcoming title. Staff who worked on the game were in attendance to speak to the crowd, while guests could sample cerulean-hued sea salt ice cream and snap selfies holding full-sized keyblades.

Posted by Kingdom Hearts on Friday, May 18, 2018

Two playable levels, Mount Olympus (from Hercules) and Toy Box (from the Toy Story franchise), were enough to satisfy cravings for this hotly anticipated title, but to also show off some of the unique mechanics that were developed to include more action and excitement. Development staff, including Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto, were on hand to discuss some of these features.

Posted by Kingdom Hearts on Friday, May 18, 2018

Reception from those who played the game were positive, many enjoying the familiar menu commands, and added functionality of switching between two keyblades using the D-pad, keyblade transformation, Shotlocks, Attractions, and Links. Sora’s keyblade can transform and increase its attack depending on the world. In Toy Box, the Hyper Hammer can strike enemies quickly with a powerful punch; whereas Twin Yo-Yos can reach out and deal some serious damage. Shotlocks allows Sora to lock on and track multiple enemies at once. Using a specific combo, he can then hit each target sequentially. Attractions are similar to the rides found at Disney Parks around the world: Big Magic Mountain is a rideable train that chugs up and down like a roller coaster, akin to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World, except it launches explosive fireworks (something that doesn’t happen on the real ride). Finally, Links (formerly Summons) allows Sora to call forth other Disney heroes to help out in battle. Ralph, from Wreck-it Ralph, jumps into the fray and can build walls with cannons to take out any enemies in their line of fire.

Posted by Kingdom Hearts on Friday, May 18, 2018

Kingdom Hearts III is almost here, with an expected launch in 2018. Square Enix plans to reveal a specific date at this year’s E3 next month.

Kingdom Hearts III will be available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: Facebook, IGN

NES Classic Edition to relaunch in Canada June 29, 2018

Missed out on picking up an NES Classic Edition console when it almost two years ago? Well, Nintendo has heard you and on June 29th, 2018, the NES Classic Edition returns to store shelves in both Canada and the United States.

A miniature version of their original home entertainment system, the NES Classic Edition includes 30 games pre-loaded with a full-sized NES controller for the complete retro experience.

These game titles are:

  • Balloon Fight™
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania™
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  • Donkey Kong™
  • Donkey Kong Jr.™
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario™
  • Excitebike™
  • FINAL FANTASY®
  • Galaga™
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
  • GRADIUS™
  • Ice Climber™
  • Kid Icarus™
  • Kirby’s Adventure™
  • Mario Bros.™
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid™
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN™
  • Punch-Out!!™ Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics™
  • SUPER C™
  • Super Mario Bros.™
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 2
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda™
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™

The demand for this console was huge and many retailers suffered shortages as they were snapped up as quickly as they were offered for sale. According to a Tweet from Nintendo of Canada, the NES Classic Edition is expected to be on sale through the end of the year.

The NES Classic Edition has a suggested retail price of $79.99 CAD

Sources: Nintendo, Twitter

Free! – Dive to the Future – to air July 2018 in Japan

Free! – Dive to the Future – Promotional Artwork

The boys from Iwatobi are back with the newest season of the popular swimming anime Free! – Dive to the Future – airing this July in Japan.

Out of high school and bound for college, Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana, Rin Matsuoka, Ikuya Kirishima and Asahi Shiina must now plan out their next steps in life. And that includes swimming.

Promotional artwork and video for the upcoming season includes Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana, Rin Matsuoka, Ikuya Kirishima and Asahi Shiina and mentions the title of a new theme song, Heading to Over, by OLDCODEX.

Free! – Dive to the Future – will air on ABC TV, TOKYO MX1, TV Aichi, and BS11 in Japan starting July 2018.

Source: Natalie

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